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Daniel Negreanu, PokerStars Part Ways After 12-Year Sponsorship

Kid Poker Will No Longer Serve As An Ambassador For Team PokerStars

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Less than a week after tying the knot with poker personality Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu had yet another big announcement, jumping on social media Thursday morning to tell the world that his 12-year relationship with PokerStars has come to an end.

“I have an important announcement to make about my 12-year run, which is an incredible run, with PokerStars,” Negreanu said in a video posted to Twitter. “It was a great run, but [I’m] no longer going to be an ambassador for the company.”

The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner went on to thank some of the PokerStars staff by name before explaining that he was going to concentrate on starting a family with his new bride.

The 44-year-old poker pro signed with the online poker giant back in June of 2007 and was undoubtedly the face of PokerStars for much of the last decade. In the last few years, Negreanu has taken heat from some players for sticking with the company after The Stars Group ended the SuperNova Elite program.

PokerStars has shed many high-profile ambassadors in the last couple of years, including Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Bertrand Grospellier, Randy Lew, Victor Ramdin, and Jeff Gross.

Negreanu currently sits in second-place on the all-time tournament earnings leaderboard with $38.7 million, behind only Justin Bonomo. Before PokerStars, the Canadian poker pro was the spokesperson for the now-defunct online cardroom, Full Contact Poker. Negreanu has not yet indicated whether or not he would be signing with a different company.